Re: terms

pald1208 (
Mon, 30 Sep 1996 14:28:39 -0700

David Lloyd-Jones wrote:
> Back-Cunningham) wrote:
> >>In <5292g0$> (David Lloyd-Jones)
> >>writes:
> >>[snip]
> >>
> >>>The "affect" referred to in schizoaffective is not affectation, but
> >>>affect, which means mood, with a slight bias toward meaning the
> >>>external manifestations of mood.
> >>
> > In fact the whole thing is just good old psychobabble.
> Errol,
> This is a very silly thing to say. Schizophrenia, depression and
> bipolar affective disorder are as real as death or money, and you
> scoff at them at your peril. They affect a big chunk of a percent of
> the population, which means you're meeting several of them every day,
> probably begging on the street if you live in a large city.
> -dlj.No they're not.

Read Thomas Szasz: "The Myth of Mental Illness"
"Ceremonial Chemistry" and others.

Read Paula Caplan on the DSM's creation: "They Call You Crazy"

People have, to quote Szasz, "problems in living" not "illnesses".